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Saturday, December 25, 2010

The fourfold of Sadhana - viveka, vairagya, mumukshutva, shat-sampad

In the great teaching of both yoga and Buddhism, dispassion or non-attachment or detachment is the very important practice for us to advance in yoga and meditation to know the truth or to attain self-realization.

The fourfold of Sadhana - qualities of a Sadhaka (people who are in search for the truth and self-realization)

1.) Viveka (discrimination) - to know what is real and unreal.

2.) Vairagya (dispassion or non-attachment) - letting go of what is unreal, great contentment, no selfish desire, no craving, no aversion.

3.) Mumukshutva (intense yearning for liberation) - the one and only desire that will bring us true freedom

4.) Shat-sampad (the six virtues) -

a.) Sama - tranquility of the mind
b.) Dama - self-restraint or control of the senses
c.) Uparati - cessation from worldly activities
d,) Titiksha - forbearance or power of endurance
e.) Sraddha - faith in God, Scripture and Self
f.) Samadhana - concentration or one-pointedness of mind


For those who are in search for liberation or emancipation or self-realization, and is disgusted with the fleeting names and forms that are subject to impermanence and is tired of the bondage of ignorance or impurities, cause and effect, birth and death, then the practice of dispassion or non-attachment is a must.

Without dispassion or non-attachment, liberation is impossible.

A "Buddhist" without the practice of dispassion or non-attachment is not really a Buddhist even though he or she is going to the temple everyday and performs a lot of rituals and offerings.

A "yogi" without the practice of dispassion or non-attachment is not really a yogi even though he or she is doing a lot of asana, pranayama, and meditation practice. It's because he or she will be attaching to the actions and the fruit of actions of the asana, pranayama and meditation practice, attaching and craving for the effects that come from yoga practices, being influenced by the ego, likes and dislikes, craving and aversion, want and don't want, having expectation, judgment, comparison, and competition, being affected by the states of the mind and the conditions of the physical body...

For anyone who is not interested in self-realization, and is satisfied and happy with the life condition now of having a limited and conditioned body and mind, then the practice of dispassion or non-attachment or detachment is not an important practice for them. Just live life, eat, drink, sleep, work, play, laugh and cry, indulge in craving and aversion until this life ends... There's nothing wrong with that... It is everyone's freedom to do what they want to do with their own lives. Enjoy and be happy.

Om shanti.

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